Jayakar Bungalow, classified as a Grade-I heritage structure by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), was built in 1945 and was once home to Mukundrao Ramrao Jayakar, a barrister and the first vice-chancellor of the University of Pune.
While the PMC is vying for ODF++ (Open Defecation Free) ratings from the Centre as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, claiming it has progressed two notches up in achieving ODF drive targets, the picture is starkly different along railway tracks passing through its jurisdiction.
The credit for this transformation largely goes to Prashant Narnaware, a 2008-batch IAS officer who served as district collector between October 2014 and April 2017, and officials of the agriculture department.
The farmers have started to report missing and dead animals to the administration and the numbers that have emerged so far show that damage to the milk-producing clusters of Kolhapur and Sangli is considerable.
So far, 2.45 lakh residents of Sangli and Kolhapur have been shifted to 165 temporary camps. In Sangli, 32 teams of various agencies including National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Coast Guard were involved in rescue operations.
The professors, one of whom has sought protection as a whistleblower fearing harassment from the administration, have objected to the appointment of Dheeraj Meshram, who took charge as Dean (Films) in January 2019.
Across the state, 33 crore trees are to be planted as part of this drive and Pune district has been given a target of 1.57 crore. A total of 57 agencies, including government departments, local bodies, NGOs, and private individuals, have been allotted sapling plantation targets.
The bodies were dispatched from Pune at 8.45 am in the aircraft to Patna in Bihar and Bagdogra in West Bengal, they were then sent to their respective hometowns in Chhapra, Vaishali and Kathihar districts.
In June 2018, the state government had announced a monthly honorarium of Rs 10,000 for those imprisoned during the Emergency, imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi from June 25, 1975 to March 31, 1977.
It’s been almost three months since and the “unauthorised hoardings” put at various BRT bus stops without having requisite permission from the sky sign department in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad are still intact.
According to the students, the college administration has turned a blind eye to the sufferings of students coming from drought-hit areas by refusing to give them relief in various fees, even after the Pune University issued circulars to the effect.